Shengyi Chen

BA Jewellery Design

Shengyi Chen

For many people, 2017 was a very disturbing year. In the wake of the election of Donald Trump, the unexpected outcome of the US presidency was still too raw, the perceived wound too fresh for lots of people to put their emotions into words. Within this complex state, the healing power of the arts can offer a way forward for many as we look to fix a deeply divided and possibly broken world.

In the past year, after the outrage that followed Trump’s toxic and aggressively sexist and racist admissions, lots of anti-Trump campaigns have been launched. From the vision of Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman, the Pussyhat Project was established in advance of the Women’s March in Washington in January 2017. The Pussyhat has become the most visually effective and internationally recognised symbol of the anti-Trump movement. Inspired by this, I set out to find the possible fine line between Trump and jewellery design.

Trump dominates the conversation and there has been no shortage of attention given to his presidency in the news. By keeping track of his news items, I realised that the best way to connect Trump with jewellery design was through black humour. By turning political events into black comedic, wearable pieces, my collection examines the socio-political issues occurring under Donald Trump’s presidency, questioning the validity and integrity of his position as leader of the USA.

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